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The Sundowners (1960)

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Director Fred Zinnemann was riding a crest in the '50s with movies like High Noon, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma, and his success continues in this western-style drama set in Australia in the 1920s. Ida Carmody (Deborah Kerr) is married to Paddy (Robert Mitchum), a sheep drover whose nomadic existence makes him blissfully content. Neither Ida nor their son Sean share his love for roaming, in fact, Ida convinces her husband to take on a job as a sheep-shearer so they can finally have enough to

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

Jan 23, 2007

Warner Home Video

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Zinnemann's customary care for detail pays occasional dividends, but the film goes on rather too long.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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What is nice about these people and valid about this film, is that they have an abundance of freshness, openness and vitality.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A touching Fred Zinnemann movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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an enough enjoyable diversion

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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...the film's lack of plot never becomes as pronounced as one might've feared...

February 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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This sprawling, often boring saga of Aussie nomads in the 1920s is directed by Zinnemann with his customary tamed discipline and human realism, elevated by the solid ensemble.

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
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A splendid, sprawling saga of Australia.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Overblown, but resolutely attractive star vehicle.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Beautiful scenery and good performances but entirely to long.
October 6, 2008
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It goes to prove that you may have Mitchum, Kerr and Ustinov and still not have a great film. This "Australian western" is dull at times and without enough redeeming qualities.
April 22, 2014
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